Friday, July 31, 2015

Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango?

Did the title get your attention?  Did you sing it in your head as you read it?  Ha ha.  If you don't "get" it....it is from the song Bohemian Rhapsody.  As I have been told lovingly my weaving and dyeing is "a bit Bohemian."  I am a child of the 70s so I take that as a compliment.

Here are two scarves that I have woven recently.
Infinity Scarf woven as one piece -no seams. 

Standard Scarf with lots of colorwork, open weave spaces.
Imagine it over a "little black dress."
Nest up are the detail pictures I promised from the scarf yesterday. Once again the wind whipped and tried to interfere with my photos. The first one here is wrinkled due to a wind gust.
However you can still see the amazing design that the dye made.

This one looks like a  landscape all in blue.
See the trees pointing to the sky?

And finally, this one is a tribute to the "psychadelic 60s"
But most amazing is that this is all on one single silk scarf and happened almost by accident.
I put the silk scarves beneath the wool roving I was dyeing- laid out on plastic wrap - and squirted the dye on the roving.  I am not sure, but I think the roving laying on top contributed to the designs that emerged.  Whatever happened - it is gorgeous.

I am linking this post with Richard and Tanya's Link A Finish Friday
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Color Me Happy

It would be no surprise to faithful readers to read that I love bright expressive color.   Rich jewel tone colors make my heart sing.   Today, Thursday July 30, I decided to dye some wool roving  to spin into yarn.   And just for grins since I have the dye mixed up and because I can,  I took two silk scarves and dyed them at the same time.  The dye is Jacquard Acid Dye.   So let's look at the results.
First off, here is the impetus for the dyeing adventure - the wool roving.

Do you see the myriad of colors in this? WOW!  So how many dye colors did I use?  Would you believe only four?   It is true.  I used Fire Red, Lemon Yellow, Turquoise, and Sapphire Blue.But I also got greens, purples, oranges, warm browns and in a couple of places the white of the wool remained. I will truly enjoy spinning this fiber.

And what of the scarves?  The wind was blowing wildly -although it is still in the mid-90s outside- while I attempted to take photos.
Silk Scarf 8" by 54"

Silk Scarf 11" by 60"
I proclaim them a glorious success.  I should mention that Vicki Welsh is my dyeing inspiration.  Perhaps tomorrow I will post some detail photos from the bottom scarf. Meanwhile,  I have three more silk scarves stashed to play with.  But that is a story for another day.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I'm Still Here/I made this Yesterday

Hi folks,  I know you haven't heard from me in over a week. I have taken some down time and done some needed work around the house.  Yesterday I took three 30 gallon trash bags, one tall kitchen bag and two large shopping bags full of clothing, accessories and bedding to a local thrift store to donate.  Whew, I feel lighter, better, free.  Although I don't have the book and haven't yet read it, I am using the method in the book by Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  If the item doesn't "bring you joy" you can get rid of it. I am on the wait list for the  library digital loan of this book.

In other "news,"  I was winding a warp to weave and trying a new to me technique.  I messed it up and had to start again. However, I had 60 threads that were eight meters long (8 3/4 yards) wound on the warping board. So I tied it off and prepared it for putting on the loom "someday."
I started over and made the warp I had planned - only shorter this time.  I put the new warp in a ziplock bag for later use.  Then the following day, I put the 60 thread "mess up" warp on my loom.

I used a reed that is spaced wider than the usual one for this loom. This spreads out the threads to make an airier fabric.   I started weaving on it and just playing.


In Saori weaving we call this weaving your heart and weaving with eyes that shine. Last night I measured what I had woven and it was almost 6 feet long.  So I wove a bit more to just past 6 feet (roughly.)  I cut the cloth off the loom and tied the knots to secure the warp ends.  I am thinking that this will be a lovely scarf.
I still need to wet finish it, but first I am thinking I may twist the fringes for a more elegant finish.



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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sewing Some Accessories

In the future, I will be a featured artist in a Gallery run by The Arts Council.  I am working on some items that will be interesting and affordable - you know, impulse buys.   A while back I had purchased some purse clasps for making small coin type purses.

I finally got everything I needed together -let's face it, I put things away and "lose" them for a while. So I made the four purse bodies.  here they are shown with the clasps.



  I have not done the hand sewing to attach them to the clasps so they are not completed yet.  But I have to say that I love my hand woven fabric used for small items like this.  The handwoven fabric is backed with medium weight interfacing to make it sturdy.  The purses are lined with various batik fabrics in light to medium colors.
Next on my agenda is to make some zipper pouches with the handwoven fabrics.
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Dyeing Attempt

One of my friends, who owns a weaving studio, had a white cotton warp dyed by the "TieDye Guy" who works in the same building.  I wanted to do the same thing, but it is a bit of a distance to travel there twice for it.  So I ordered a simple set of procion type fiber reactive dyes.  I made this white warp with cotton and mercerized cotton threads. According to what I have read, the mercerized cotton will be more brilliant in color.  That will add even more dimension to the cloth I weave on this warp.
 Then I took the plunge and am attempting to dye it as a multi colored warp.  I set up three plastic containers (they originally held yogurt.)  I mixed up dyes in each of the three colors (the 4th in the kit was black- no thanks!)  and put them in a row.
I put the warp chain in sections into each container. Part of it is in each color like this.
I also moved each one back and forth a bit to get the colors to blend. I know that all of it needs to stay wet for it to work, so I keep going back occasionally to help with that. 
I am curious to see if my process works well. If it does I am sure I will do some more warp dyeing. 

I guess you could say that I am a "warped dyer."  (it is okay if you groaned - that was pretty bad, I admit.)


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